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Anderson named Wisconsin MVP

Members of the University of Wisconsin women's basketball team were honored in the annual team awards banquet Sunday at the Nakoma Golf Club in Madison.

Members of the University of Wisconsin women's basketball team were honored in the annual team awards banquet Sunday at the Nakoma Golf Club in Madison.

Fourth-year coach Lisa Stone and staff presented a variety of awards honoring the Badgers, who finished the season with a program record 23-13 record and tied for fifth in the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers were the runner-up champions in the Women's Invitation Tournament in their first post season appearance since 2002.

Repeating as Most Valuable Player was junior Jolene Anderson of Port Wing. The 5-foot-8 guard led the Badgers in scoring and rebounding a second year with 19.8 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. She was second in assists with 2.9 per game, and led in steals with 2.5 per game. She became the fastest female UW player to earn 1,500 points and tied Michael Finley of the UW men's program earning the milestone in her 85th career game. She was named first team all-Big Ten Conference and was a WBCA/Kodak District All-American.

Freshman Teah Gant of Oswego, Ill., was honored as the Most Improved Player. The 5-10 guard played in all 36 games and averaged 3.6 points and 1.8 rebounds. She was moved to the backup point position during the post season.

Freshman Brittany Heins received the Team Unity award and junior Janese Banks received the T.J. Flarup media award by a vote of the media who regularly cover the Badgers.

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Anderson, Banks and sophomore Caitlin Gibson were honored with the Captains' Award. Banks was also recognized with the Community Service award.

Also honored were UW's Academic All-Big Ten team members. Banks repeated as an Academic All-Big Ten honoree, and Gibson earned her first honor. The Badgers have the most Academic All-Big Ten honorees of all the conference schools with 82 in the 21-year history of the award.

Tamara J. Flarup is the Director of Web Site Services for Wisconsin women's basketball.

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